“Whodunnit!” – The Mafia Experience
Audience participation encouraged at Mafia-themed show…
Backlight Productions, a theater arts program for adults with special needs, will host a mass interactive game experience based on the classic “whodunnit” party game, Mafia, at the Franklin Theatre.
The game will be led by Backlight actors performing alongside professional actors, and will also include audience participants as they seek to weed out the guilty amongst the innocent.
Audience members can choose to be interactive participants or observers, and all levels of tickets can be purchased HERE. It’s sure to be the perfect event for anyone looking to do something fun and unique.
The Mafia Experience will be held on Oct. 27 from 6-9 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information.
Franklin International Indie Film Festival AUG 14-18
Having received more than 200 submissions the festival program, the final films have been selected for the 2019 Franklin International Independent Film Festival. The opening night for FIIFF will be held at the Franklin Theater on August 14, 2019 with screen local film director, Barbara Hall’s American Masters film “CHARLEY PRIDE, I’m Just Me.”
“I could not be more excited about the program lineup,” said Nancy Puetz. President of Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission. “The storytelling brought by this amazing group of filmmakers is exciting, thought-provoking and most of all entertaining. These filmmakers have carved out their carefully drawn images for film lovers and other filmmakers with a keen eye and great respect for the process. Our festival program is an homage to the power of a truly international group.”
The doors open for the FIIFF programming at 9:30 AM on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th with incredible programming in all genres. As Ms. Puetz said, “From documentary, music and drama to comedy and animation and purpose films, there is a film for everyone to enjoy.”
August 17th daylong programming is at Columbia State College with television/ music panels and workshops with such acclaimed experts as Petra Terzi, recent Cannes Film Festival winner of AFI Peacemaker award. Filmmakers represent Cyprus, the Republic of Georgia, Canada, Sweden, Korea and the United States. Local industry greats such as, David Deborde, Andy Hill, Steve Hayes, and others whose passion and knowledge of film, music and media will provide advice and a roadmap for long-term success. A long requested workshop presented by Seed and Spark, the Indie Film crowdfunding platform is also on the program for Saturday.
As an added bonus to audiences, a special celebrity guest host is planned for opening night.
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GRAMMY-Nominated Thompson Square to Perform Benefit Concert to Raise Money for Rare Genetic Disorder
May 6 concert will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation
On Monday, May 6, 2019, GRAMMY-nominated, MULTI-PLATINUM Country duo Thompson Square will perform A Night of Hope: A Concert to End NF at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN, to raise awareness and money for neurofibromatosis.
Also known as NF, this rare genetic disorder causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. It affects 1 in 3,000 people of all populations and there is no cure. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation the leader in the fight to end NF and a model for innovative research endeavors.
Thompson Square is comprised of husband-and-wife team, Keifer and Shawna Thompson. Since breaking out in 2010 with their 2X-PLATINUM #1 smash “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” the pair have gone on to score two Top 5 albums and another romantic #1 hit with PLATINUM-certified “If I Didn’t Have You” while also racking up multiple GRAMMY nominations and three trophies as Vocal Duo of the Year from the ACM and CMA Awards. Thompson Square’s third studio album, MASTERPIECE, is out now.
“We’re honored to be performing at A Concert to End NF and helping to bring awareness to this devastating disease,” shared Keifer.
Shawna adds, “Family is everything to us, and it means so much to be a part of something that is bringing the community together, making memories, and helping raise money for research.”
The benefit concert takes place during NF Awareness Month, a month-long awareness campaign that includes online and offline events designed to educate the community about this under-recognized genetic disorder, and bring together those living with NF with their families, friends, the larger community, fundraisers and researchers. As part of the international Shine a Light on NF campaign, the Korean Way Veterans Memorial Bridge (Nashville, TN) will glow blue and green, joining hundreds of landmarks around the world. In prior years, former Governor Haslam has proclaimed the month of May as NF Awareness Month in Tennessee. (Photo credit: Garrett Merchant)
“The Children’s Tumor Foundation is thankful that Thompson Square will perform this benefit concert during NF Awareness Month,” said Annette Bakker, PhD, Children’s Tumor Foundation President. “It takes many different ways of raising money and awareness to make an impact and drive research forward, and we’re ecstatic to have the support of Thompson Square.”
Currently there is no cure for NF, but clinicians and scientists are optimistic that with funding for more research, actionable treatment options to improve the lives of the 2.5 million people living with NF will be attainable. WSMV-TV Features Reporter Terry Bulger will host the evening.
To purchase tickets to see Thompson Square perform in A Night of Hope: A Concert to End NF, CLICK HERE.
To learn more about neurofibromatosis and the Children’s Tumor Foundation, visit www.ctf.org.
Nashville Elvis Festival at The Franklin Theatre
Nashville Elvis Festival Returns to Franklin Theatre and Paragon Studios March 28-31, 2019
Join fans from around the world for the 3rd Annual Nashville Elvis Festival – March 28-31, 2019. Nashville Elvis Festival is a premier Elvis event unlike any other, celebrating the music and legacy of Elvis Presley. Join us for a weekend of live music performances, celebrity appearances, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition and more! Nashville Elvis Festival is hosted by TOM BROWN!
9 of the events will be held at the Historic Franklin Theatre, with additional events taking place at Paragon Studios and ALOFT Hotel. For detailed event descriptions and a complete festival schedule, please visit www.NashvilleElvisFestival.com!
FRIDAY, MARCH 29
10:00 AM – ELVIS IN CONCERT: Cote Deonath & Michael Cullipher with special guest DEAN Z
Join award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist Michael Cullipher and 2018 Images of the King champion Cote Deonath, plus very special guest DEAN Z, for a career-spanning tribute to Elvis, covering Elvis hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s! Filled with costume changes and electric performances, you’ve never seen an Elvis tribute event quite like this. Don’t miss this official Nashville Elvis Festival kickoff concert event!
2:00 PM – ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST – ROUND 1
Come watch 20 of the top Elvis tribute artists from around the world compete in Round 1. All tribute artists will be backed by the EAS Band. The winner of the Nashville Elvis Festival ETA Contest will advance to Graceland’s Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ to be held in Memphis in August 2019.
7:00 PM – ELVIS IN CONCERT: Diogo Light & Brandon Bennett
Join us for this special concert event featuring two of the world’s top Elvis Tribute Artists backed by the EAS Band! First up, Brazil’s DIOGO LIGHT (our 2018 winner and runner up at the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist world championship), followed by 2008 Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist world champion BRANDON BENNETT. Don’t miss this event!
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
10:00 AM – ELVIS IN CONCERT: Louisiana Hayride featuring Riley Jenkins and special guests
Three months after Elvis recorded “That’s All Right” in 1954, he made his first of several appearances on the storied Louisiana Hayride. Join us at Franklin Theatre as we commemorate those early performances with a historic recreation that will be the talk of the festival. Don’t miss this very special glimpse into the early years of Elvis featuring Riley Jenkins!
2:00 PM – ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST – ROUND 2
Come watch 20 of the top Elvis tribute artists from around the world compete in Round 2. All tribute artists will be backed by the EAS Band. The winner of the Nashville Elvis Festival ETA Contest will advance to Graceland’s Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ to be held in Memphis in August 2019.
7:00 PM – ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST FINALS + ELVIS IN CONCERT: Dean Z
The Top 10 Elvis tribute artists will compete in the Final Round. All tribute artists will be backed by the EAS Band. The winner of the Nashville Elvis Festival ETA Contest will advance to Graceland’s Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ to be held in Memphis in August 2019. Immediately following the Finals, DEAN Z, the 2013 Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ world champion will present a live concert event that is sure to be a highlight of your festival experience!
SUNDAY, MARCH 31
10:00 AM – ELVIS GOSPEL LIVE!
Join the EAS Band along with Dean Z, Diogo Light, Cote Deonath, Michael Cullipher, Riley Jenkins, Jeff Lewis, Gary Chapman and Terry Blackwood of The Imperials for a very special concert event featuring the Grammy Award-winning Gospel Music of Elvis Presley.
2:00PM – ELVIS MOVIE SPECIAL EVENT: “VIVA LAS VEGAS” featuring a LIVE performance by Cote Deonath
Join us for this very special Elvis movie event! We’ll be screening the MGM hit Viva Las Vegas, followed by a special live performance celebrating the music from the film by award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist Cote Deonath. In celebration of the 1964 release, all seats for this event only will be $19.64!
7:00 PM – JOHN SCHNEIDER IN CONCERT **BONUS CONCERT**
John Schneider is best known for the iconic role of “Bo Duke” on The Dukes of Hazzard, as well as CW’s Smallville and his current series, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots on OWN. He also recently danced his way into America’s heart on Dancing with the Stars! In addition to his extensive acting career, John is a celebrated country music artist with 4 #1 singles and 10 albums to his credits. His very first hit was 1981’s cover of Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never,” which reached #4 on the Billboard Country chart. It remains the top charting Elvis cover of all time in any genre to date. This is a separately ticketed event and is not an official part of the Nashville Elvis Festival.
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American Masters Film: “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me”
The National Museum of African American Music will present the first public screening of “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me” a feature-length documentary episode of the PBS series “American Masters” at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.
“Charley Pride: I’m Just Me” traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Miss., to his career as a Negro League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. A panel featuring filmmaker Barb Hall and Dr. Dina Bennett, senior curator at NMAAM, will immediately follow the film’s conclusion.
“Helping shine a light Charley Pride’s story, struggles and incredible musical talent through this documentary represents the kinds of stories our museum wants to tell,” said H. Beecher Hicks III, CEO and president of NMAAM. “He’s truly a one-of-a-kind, trailblazing artist whose place in our nation’s and our culture’s musical history is undeniable.”
“At a time when African American singers were more notable for R&B hits, Charley Pride followed his passion for country music, overcoming obstacles through determination and raw talent to make a lasting impact on the genre and create a legacy that continues today,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of “American Masters.”
Tickets can be purchased from the Franklin Theatre website here. A portion of the proceeds from the screening will benefit the National Museum of African American Music.
Music, Moments and Memories – The Concert Event
CCM United, TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) and Yake Films are thrilled to team up to present two nights of the very best classic CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) artists at the historic Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee!
This two-day event called Music, Moments, and Memories – the concert event will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5th and 6th, 2019 at 7:30 PM.
Approximately 20 classic and beloved CCM artists will be featured, with up to ten artists performing each night. Some of the artists performing include, but not limited to: Eddie DeGarmo doing the music of DeGarmo & Key with special guest vocalist, The Katinas, Big Tent Revival, Guardian, Phil Keaggy, Geoff Moore, Bruce Carroll, Wes King, Al Denson, Tammy Trent, Jaci Velasquez, Clay Crosse, Rick Cua, Mark Schultz, John Schlitt, and many more artists along with several special guests.
TBN has renewed the television series Remember the Music for a second season and Stephen Yake and Jentry Yake of Yake Films will produce the show. These impressive two nights will capture live concert footage for the second season (13 episodes) of Remember the Music. Many of the very best classic CCM artists will be featured.
A portion of the proceeds from this two-day event will benefit the Gospel Music Trust Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to individuals who derive or have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of Gospel/Christian music. The fund serves to assist artists who lack sufficient insurance in times of need, in the event of an emergency, major catastrophe, or terminal or severe illness. An individual requesting assistance from the Trust Fund–for themselves or for their children–must have ten years of full-time employment within the Gospel/Christian music field.
In 2015, Stan Moser of CCM United, presented CCM United – We Will Stand, a major concert event in Nashville that celebrated 40 years of contemporary Christian music. CCM United – We Will Stand culminated in a DVD and book of the same name. Now CCM United is teaming up with Yake Films and TBN to present an equally important major event!
“Music, Moments, and Memories – the concert event”
Franklin Theater, Franklin, TN
February 5 and 6, 2019, 7:30 PM, up to 10 artists each evening
Top classic Contemporary Christian Music artists will perform live concerts over two nights for the TV series Remember the Music in the historic Franklin Theater. Proceeds will go to the Gospel Music Trust Fund making this evening a VERY special event. Thirteen episodes of Remember the Music will be aired on TBN later in 2019.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy incredible music by some of CCM’s best artists, experience special rare moments, create wonderful lifelong memories, and have a chance to contribute to the wonderful Gospel Music Trust Fund in the beautiful and historic Franklin Theater!
Tickets are on sale at the Franklin Theater Box Office –
- $49.50 main floor in advance; $59.50 main floor at the door
- $44.50 balcony in advance; $54.50 balcony at the door
- $100.00 VIP cabaret table seats and an artist meet and greet with heavy hors d’oeuvres prior to the concert.
- When purchasing a ticket for both nights $10.00 discount will be applied.
Tickets available at the Franklin Theater Box Office website.
Franklin Theater Box Office – 615-538-2075
Facebook page for CCM United – Music, Moments & Memories – the concert event.
For more information contact Les Stoltzfus at firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail) or 717-669-1998 (cell)
“RUN FREE: THE TRUE STORY OF CABALLO BLANCO” TO PREMIERE IN NASHVILLE ON MARCH 16
“Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” a feature-length documentary about ultra-running legend Micah True, will screen at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN, on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The one-night-only event is sponsored by the Nashville Striders running club.
Micah True, better known as Caballo Blanco – the White Horse – was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico. Also known as the Rarámuri, or Running People, they are some of the best long-distance runners in the world.
Caballo Blanco was an enigmatic visionary who lived and ran with the Tarahumara after moving to remote Copper Canyon in the 1990s, and who created the fifty-mile Copper Canyon Ultra-Marathon to honor their running traditions and aid in their sustainability. Now in its thirteenth year, the race attracts hundreds of local Tarahumara to the village of Urique to compete alongside some of the best runners in the world. All race finishers receive five hundred pounds of corn, which the international runners traditionally donate to the local Tarahumara, commemorating the spirit of sharing, or “kórima,” which is a way of life among the natives of Copper Canyon.
The documentary is directed by Sterling Noren, a filmmaker from Seattle who met Micah True in 2009. Most of the material for the film was recorded in the weeks leading up to the 2012 race. Shortly after that race, Micah True disappeared in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico during his daily run, prompting ultra-runners from all over the country to drop everything and join in the search. His body was recovered several days later, found on a trail in a deserted canyon by some of his friends.
“We wanted to tell the story of Micah True in a way that was exciting and authentic, so that viewers could get a sense of what an amazing and inspiring person he was,” said Noren. “Micah’s vision lives on and his legacy is honored in this film. The film shares Micah’s compelling message of love, hope and kórima with the world while helping sustain the people and culture that meant so much to him. We’re honored to be part of this project and are committed to keeping Micah’s mission alive.”
“Micah’s genuine passion for honoring the sacred running traditions of the Tarahumara people was the essence of his being,” said Maria Walton, executive producer of the film and Micah True’s girlfriend at the time of his death. “We made this film to share Micah’s vision of hope for the Tarahumara culture and empower people everywhere with his joy of running.”
The 90-minute film recently won the 2015 Bud Greenspan Memorial Film and Video Award, presented by the Track & Field Writers of America. In addition, the film also was named winner of the prestigious Award of Excellence from the IndieFEST Film Awards, which recognizes film, television and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, contributing to profound social change. The IndieFEST Film Awards said of its latest winners, “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries,” of which Run Free was singled out for its creative excellence.
The film was also named the Best Documentary at the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival.
Most recently, the film won a silver medal at the 2015 Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, which designated Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco as one of the top 250 independent documentaries produced anywhere in the world in 2015.
A percentage of the film’s profits, including from DVD sales, will go to benefit Norawas de Rarámuri (Friends of the Running People), the non-profit agency founded by Micah True to preserve traditional Tarahumara culture. Norawas de Rarámuri works to provide maize, non-GMO seed corn, and cash awards for participating Tarahumara runners, both men and women alike. On this way, the organization offers Tarahumara families nutrition during drought and support for a tradition of small farms necessary to both physical and cultural survival.
Tickets for the event are $11 in advance at www.franklintheatre.com/tickets/more or $15 at the door the night of the show. There is a $2 per ticket preservation fee charged by the theater and online ordered are assessed a $3 transaction fee. The Franklin Theatre is located at 419 Main St. in Franklin.
The largest running club in Middle Tennessee with more than 1,000 members, the Nashville Striders running club is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote running, walking and general fitness as lifelong endeavors. The club’s aim is to help runners achieve their fitness goals, whether as a primarily social runner to the most competitive runner. For more information, go to www.nashvillestriders.com.
For more information about the film, go to www.runfreemovie.com.
For more information or to arrange interviews with principals of the film, contact promoter Garry Harrington at email@example.com or 603-209-5010.